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Pregame 'toast' inspired Buckeyes

Meyer raised water glass at Michigan State; gesture forged stronger team

Updated: March 12, 2013, 11:07 AM ET
By Austin Ward | BuckeyeNation

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Just more than four hours before kickoff, the door closed on a ballroom in East Lansing, Mich.

Inside was a team that hadn't lost a game, but by its own admission wasn't yet playing up to the high standard of a program like Ohio State.

The Buckeyes had survived a couple of close calls over the previous two weeks as they wrapped up their nonconference schedule, and while they were starting to emerge as a candidate to become the best team in the Big Ten, most of that ...

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